Nature Trail Eco Tour
12 Days

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This is an example of one of our tailor-made holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar nature and eco-tours with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences. For example, you may wish to spend more or less time at any destination, or deviate from this itinerary, just contact us at our Enquiry Form page or send an email to

Rich bio-diversity, national parks, lakes, waterfalls, forests, cruising, mountains, adventure travel.

Hanoi, Cuc Phuong National Park, Ba Be National Park, Cat Ba National Park, Ha Long Bay World Heritage Area, Bach Ma National Park.

Day 1: Ha Noi arrival (Dinner (D))
Arrival Noi Bai airport (Hanoi), transfer and check-in. Welcome dinner. Evening Water Puppetry performance.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Ha Noi to Cuc Phuong (Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Guide (G))
Morning drive to Ninh Binh. Visit Tam Coc (scenic river valley in limestone ‘karst' mountain area. Drive to Cuc Phuong Forest National Park (Primate Rescue Centre and Botanical Garden).
Overnight in Park guest house.

Day 3: Cuc Phuong (B, L, G)
Hike through subtropical forest, visiting visit a cave with prehistoric remains en-route. Return to Ha Noi.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 4: Ha Noi to Ba Be (B, L, D, G)
Drive to Ba Be Lake National Park (240km) through mountain scenery.
Overnight in a ‘stilt' house.

Day 5: Ba Be (B, L, G)
Travel the river by motor launch through Puong Cave. Visit the Fairy Pond and Widow's Island. In the late afternoon, disembark at a Tay ethnic village.
Overnight in a ‘stilt' house.
Additional day in Ba Be

.Day 6: Ba Be to Hanoi (B, L, G)
Return to Ha Noi, visiting an ethnic market en-route, arriving Ha Noi late afternoon.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 7: Hanoi to Cat Ba Island (B, L, D, G)
Drive to Hai Phong. Hydrofoil to Cat Ba Island.
Overnight in Cat Ba town

.Day 8: Cat Ba (B, L, D, G)
Full day hiking through the National Park (six hours, about 18 km) passing lakes and caves, and visiting Viet Hai village. Travel back to the town by boat.
Overnight in Cat Ba town.

Day 9: Cat Ba to Ha Long to Hanoi (B, L, G)
Cross Ha Long Bay in a traditional-style boat .
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 10: Hanoi to Bach Ma (B, L, D, G)
Noon flight to Hue. Drive 60 km to Bach Ma National Park.
Overnight in the Park.

Day 11: Bach Ma (B, L, G)
Climb 500m for views and the sunrise (weather permitting). Walk along the Rhododendron trail and Five-Lakes cascade trail (6 km in total), and the Pheasant Trail (2.5 km), pausing for lunch en-route
Overnight in the Park.

Day 12: Bach Ma to Hue to Hanoi (B, L, D, G)
Drive to Hue. Fly to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi.

The prices for this sample tour are per person in £ (GBP):
These prices are valid until December 31, 2008. Please note: bank transfer fees are not included.

Number in group
3 - 4
5 - 8
9 - 12
Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*

At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

* 'Single room occupancy' refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

•  Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.

•  Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above

•  Return domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue , including domestic airport taxes.

•  Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.

•  Boat cruises as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you'll cruise on a high quality wooden boat with good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.

•  Speed boat ticket: Hai Phong – Cat Ba.

•  The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary

•  Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.

•  Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available.

•  VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include:

•  International flight tickets and airport tax.

•  Visas

•  Dinners, except as specified above.

•  Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.

•  Insurance.

Hotel list for Mid-range standard:

•  Hanoi: Hanoi Paradise Hotel (*** in the heart of Hanoi's ‘Old Quarter' about a ten-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, indoor swming pool – Paradise Suite room)

•  Ba Be: Park's Guesthouse and homestay in a local family

•  Cat Ba: Holiday View Hotel (*** new high-rise building overlooking Lan Ha Bay, close to the beaches – Standard room)

•  Cuc Phuong: National Park accommodation complex on two main sites with rooms in blocks and stand-alone chalets. The latter are reasonably comfortable with air conditioning and a hot water shower, with a snack restaurant nearby. There's also an evening meal delivery service. (We use the Chalet rooms)

•  Bach Ma: National Park: low-grade accommodation in large dormitory-style renovated stone villas built during the French occupation, and the better purpose-built Morin guesthouse with an in situ restaurant, hot water showers and reasonable rooms. Dampness is prevalent and service is poor (we use the best room available in the Morin guesthouse)

Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable.


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